Lady Antonia Fraser revealed this week how she and a friend joined the crowds “storming” Buckingham Palace after they skipped school for the day to witness, at a distance, the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

Yes, of course, she was a royalist, she said during a discussion on the monarchy on the BBC’s Broadcasting House, ahead of this weekend’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

As the daughter of an earl, Lady Antonia could be expected to be a royal champion but some of us have arrived at that “consensus of respect” for the Queen — as David Zolkwer, director of Sunday’s pageant, put it — through more circuitous routes.